Jewish religious ritual causes bomb scare on US flight

Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 23:28

United Nations: A misunderstanding about a
Jewish religious ritual, which includes wearing a sacred box
on the head on Thursday caused a "bomb scare" in a US flight
resulting in its diversion to Philadelphia.

The scare was caused after a 17-year-old boy tried to use
a prayer object called a "Tefillin", used by orthodox and
observant Jews in prayers.
The teenager reportedly alarmed his fellow passengers on
a flight from New York to Kentucky when he took out the object
in his possession who then informed the plane`s crew and the
pilot decided to divert the plane and land quickly.

Tefillin are a set of small cubic leather boxes painted
black, containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses
from the Bible. One box is strapped to the arm while the
other box is placed on the head.
After landing in the Philadelphia International Airport,
the Jewish was questioned by the police but not charged.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 23:28

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